I really enjoy looking at and searching for the many diverse examples of sketch book journal pages that are currently out there on the world wide web! I love the freedom and self expression contained in each page, as if it had its own mini story to tell. I admire the way each artist uses a combination of the basic elements of art including colour, shape, pattern and texture that have been carefully (and sometimes accidentally) arranged and created by layering and reworking to create a rich and dynamic surface to work upon. These pieces have then been lovingly developed with additional imagery that has either been hand drawn or found combined with text, which has been handwritten or pre-printed fonts.
I particularly like the work of Samantha Kira Harding aka Journal Girl who I discovered on YouTube a couple of years ago. What I admire the most about Samie is her openness about living with her chronic illness and how art is helping her to get through it. Not only does Samie create beautifully vibrant journal pages, she has uploaded over one hundred detailed video tutorials that provide useful information about suppliers, techniques and processes. I picked up a useful tip recently when I watched this video below and discovered that to achieve the depth of shadow around key images, Samie uses a black watercolour pencil. This seems so obvious now, but it just had not occurred to me to do that. So I am very much looking forward to using my newly gained knowledge.
Up until about four years ago I was not even really aware of the concept of journaling until I came across some books by accident through Amazon’s ‘frequently bought together’ option where I was presented with Cory Moorgat’s ‘Art of Personal Imgery’ and Lisa Sonora Beam‘s ‘The Creative Entrepreneur’. I was intrigued and captivated by this new and freer way of working. (Although admittedly it has taken me all this time to actually start to explore this process for myself).
I mostly use Pinterest to discover new examples of journal art and it seems to be quite a popular topic for a pin board. My favourite pin is this one below. I love the use of stitched line, simplified dragon fly, magenta circles and textured surface on the left hand side.
My Own Work
These are still very much work in progress. I have yet to achieve the level of depth and detail. I would like to develop my own visual style a little more but I am happy that I have a starting point to work with. I have been inspired by Steampunk, Masquerade Ball, Circus and Alice Wonderland (Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit).